San Jose, CA - February 02, 2004 - Kawasaki Microelectronics, a
leader in advanced yet affordable ASICs, announced today that it has
partnered with CEVA Inc., (NASDAQ: CEVA; LSE: CVA), the leading licensor
of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and communications IP to the
semiconductor industry, to add a fully compliant 1.5Gbps Serial ATA macro
to its 0.13um ASIC intellectual property (IP) portfolio.
Kawasaki has licensed CEVA's Xpert-Connect SATA application IP for a
range of storage applications such as SATA Host Controllers, SAN/NAS &
RAID, and SATA Router Switch Mux (RSM) devices. Interoperability has
already been achieved with leading Serial ATA drives such as the Seagate
Barracuda, Western Digital Raptor and Maxtor Diamond-Plus. Customers can
immediately use this macro, which incorporates both PHY and Protocol
layers, to add a Serial ATA interface to their Kawasaki 0.13um ASIC
"Serial ATA is replacing parallel ATA as the preferred interface for
storage applications, and we needed to add support for it to meet
requirements from our customers", said Hisaya Keida, General Manager,
Product Marketing and Development Dept. of Kawasaki. "After evaluating a
number of Serial ATA IP vendors, we concluded that CEVA's Xpert-Connect
SATA technology was clearly the best choice because it is fully compliant,
proven interoperable, and consumes only 70mW per channel power."
"We are very pleased to have partnered with Kawasaki in developing and
deploying our Xpert-Connect SATA technology", said John Ryan, Vice
President of Communications Business Unit of CEVA. "With the addition of
our Serial ATA IP, Kawasaki now has a broad portfolio of SoC technology
for storage applications. Coupling its portfolio with its affordable
prices makes Kawasaki an excellent choice for storage vendors looking for
an ASIC supplier."
About Kawasaki Microelectronics
Kawasaki Microelectronics is the leader in advanced yet affordable ASIC
semiconductor technology solutions. The company's innovative core
technologies and world-class design support are used in the consumer
electronics, computer, office-automation, networking, wireless, and
electronic-storage markets. Deployed worldwide, Kawasaki's products enable
customers to quickly introduce highly competitive solutions. The company
is an active participant in industry standards organizations, including
the Network Processing Forum (NPF), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF),
PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), USB Implementers Forum, MPEG
Industry Forum (MPEGIF), Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC), and
the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG). Kawasaki has design centers in
Boston, Osaka, San Jose, Taipei, and Tokyo. For more information, contact
the company at 408-570-0555, or visit its English-language web site at
http://www.klsi.com/, its Japanese-language web site at
http://www.k-micro.com/, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About CEVA, Inc.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is the leading licensor of digital signal processor (DSP) cores, multimedia, GPS and storage platforms to the semiconductor industry. CEVA licenses a family of programmable DSP cores, associated SoC system platforms and a portfolio of application platforms including multimedia, audio, Voice over Packet (VoP), GPS location, Bluetooth, Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA). In 2005 CEVA's IP was shipped in over 115 million devices. CEVA was created through the merger of the DSP licensing division of DSP Group and Parthus Technologies. For more information, visit www.ceva-dsp.com.
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